08th Oct2013

Crime Night

by Lloyd Paige

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(Elly Grffifths, Jessie Keane, Jake Kerridge, Laura Wilson, and William Shaw)


Crime Night at Canada Water Library served up an exciting mix of UK crime writers. Jessie Keane known for her stories featuring a London gang family and its head, Annie Carter, Laura Wilson author of the successful DI Stratton series, Elly Griffiths whose crime novels feature forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, and debut novelist and seasoned journalist William Shaw. Jake Kerridge conducted the fascinating Q&A between the four authors which threw up many interesting talking points.

Jessie Keane spoke about her experience with rejections before she made the agonising decision to switch from Chick Lit to Crime Fiction. It worked well, because she’s never looked back since. Elly Griffiths gave the audience an overview of her protagonist Ruth Galloway’s love of gourmet food and her complicated relationship with DCI Harry Nelson. Laura Wilson spoke about her first novel, a standalone, which she never realised was a crime novel initially and gave a candid account of having to make the choice between being a literary novelist or a crime novelist. While William Shaw made comparisons between writing fiction and non fiction using his time spent in South Central Los Angeles as an example.

The audience saw their favourite authors up close and listened intently as they gave an honest account of their characters, crime names, and writing experiences. It’s always good to see an audience appreciate hard working authors and afterwards the book signings followed, which allowed for more stimulating conversation.

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